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Arts & Crafts
Omer Khan Photography
"Omer Khan was born in Kabul, and from a young age has been in love with the beauty of Afghanistan. He hoped with each snap of his camera to capture its enchanting countryside, historic locales, and natural wonders, in part because he feels that photographers traveling to his country from the West have focused only on capturing war photos depicting violence, displaced people, and explosions. Because of this, his mission became showing the images they miss, the natural landscapes, ancient sites, and the faces, smiles, and lives of everyday Afghans. “I have always loved art,” says Omer. Early on, he learned Persian calligraphy. In university, he studied journalism, but his program only covered content and story-telling training. He understood how to write photo-journalism stories, but was not yet trained in using cameras. So around 2014, he began observing others taking pictures, noticed their lighting, composition and editing. He watched YouTube videos and mastered the optics of the camera. "
Jahan Ara Rafi
"I began painting as an amateur in 2000, when I was in Islamabad, Pakistan. I continued drawing after returning to Afghanistan in 2002. I then enrolled in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Kabul University in 2003 and completed my BA in Painting/Drawing in 2007. I also became a member of the Centre for Contemporary Arts of Afghanistan in 2004. In 2006 other female artists and I established the Centre for Women Artists in Kabul, with the aim of introducing contemporary Afghan women’s arts to a wide audience and advancing it locally through the commissioning of new artworks, and to also serve as a platform for emergent artistic practices. It has been two years since I came to the United States and started my artistic activities again I see myself as a quiet and calm person on the surface, but inside I have a lot of energy and passion. This inner energy and passion drive me to strive for freedom and to work toward the well-being of my community and the defense of human rights. I have always struggled with the idea of true freedom in my life. Unfortunately, this society has never been able to give me a clear understanding or definition of individual freedom. Most of my works are centered on women; their identity and their social role are recurring themes in her paintings. Most importantly, why is it that women are made to realize gender differences when aiming to find their place in the society. The Works remind the viewer of the limitations and the “silence” imposed on women that they have inherited from history. My work is meant to partially break this silence through artwork. I lived in societies where individual freedoms have not been understood and defined clearly."
Introducing "Raw Blossom", a Ukrainian woman-led business dedicated to crafting exquisite, natural artisanal soap and candles. We combine age-old traditions with a contemporary touch, offering an unparalleled sensory experience. Meticulously sourced botanical ingredients form the heart of each product, ensuring their purity and potency. With utmost care and passion we pour our expertise into every bar and every jar, infusing them with captivating fragrances and intricate designs that reflect the rich beauty of nature. Raw Blossom embraces nature's wonders, nurturing a harmonious connection between self-care and sustainable living. Our dedication to quality, craftsmanship, and eco-conscious practices has earned us a loyal clientele seeking a touch of tranquility and elegance in their daily routines. Experience the artistry and allure of Raw Blossom, where we illuminate the world with our enchanting creations.
We are a small business founded to support artisans in India to bring forth their arts and crafts in a way that signifies the beauty with the functionality. We have been around for about 3 years now evolving in our products and craft storytelling. We work directly with these artisans residing in remote villages in Kutch, Gujrat, India.
Love Without Borders
What started out as a simple gift of crayons and paper to refugee children in northern Greece has transformed into an international pop art exhibition, giving a voice to thousands of refugees from the Middle East and Africa, and has inspired hope, healing and empowerment. 100% of the proceeds from art sales go directly to the artist. All the art is created in Greece at our workshops. See the video story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&feature=youtu.be&v=rpRBS7tBANU
Deux Mains is a different type of fashion business creating new ways to design, make and manufacture. Every piece is produced by Master Haitian Craftspeople from responsibly sourced materials. Deux Mains sandals, premium leather goods and jewelry are carefully crafted with an artisanal finish that will last for years to come. Created in a time of disaster, Deux Mains thrives in its wake. When a catastrophic earthquake destroyed Haiti's capital city in 2010, Deux Mains' Founder and Creative Director, Julie Colombino-Billingham, found an opportunity to build a fashion business with fairness stitched in. At our core, we believe in thoughtful design, carefully crafted goods, and the power we each hold as consumers. Our passion for leather craft combined with the need for job creation in Haiti became the catalyst and inspiration behind the brand. Each collection honors the ancestral wisdom and talent of Haiti's people.
Sarah's Rugs Handcrafts
We are working to provide a platform for Afghans women make 100% handmade rugs or kilims and hand crafts from the best and highest quality fleece and natural wool .They are woven with the artistic and delicate hands of Afghan girls and women and available at Sarah Rugs and handicrafts.
Lamimiboutique is a festive celebration of the Latin Culture. We offer handmade curated artisan crafts and crochet creations. Some of the products that I sell are designed and manufacture by Me, but I also sourced my store from a variety of Artisans in small Mexican communities, that benefit from the sustainable trade and economic development. By supporting my business, you will not only have the opportunity to own a very special handmade piece of my culture but you will be supporting the dreams of many Latina entrepreneurs. Mariale Bonilla, Creator & Curator Lamimiboutique.
ARTICLE22 is an ethical brand of jewelry and accessories creating modern and unique heirlooms that celebrate stories of positive transformation and make real impact. Handmade by traditional artisans in Laos from upcycled war shrapnel and scrap, each piece is transformed into a symbol of love and light. Each piece is a modern heirloom - an actual piece of history redesigned with intention - that inspires action toward our future, individually and collectively. All purchases contribute to the safe clearance of some of the 80 million unexploded bombs contaminating land in Laos through our collaboration with DC-based nonprofit MAG America. ARTICLE22 also supports the advocacy and education efforts of close partners Legacies of War and Lao Heritage Foundation, nonprofits based in Washington DC.
FenZoul Gallery aims to preserve, leverage, and amplify the voices and talents of communities of color through art. FenZoul Gallery donates a portion of the proceeds from each sale to organizations supporting social justice. Buyers chooses which organization they’d like the donation to support. See the video story.
From Egypt With Love
All my life, I remember watching my father Epy create beautiful pieces of jewelry. His craftsmanship and style is well known, not only in the market of Khan El Khalili, but in Cairo Egypt. His customers ranged from everyday shoppers to diplomats. At the sweet age of nine, my father started his venture making jewelry and continued until his last breath, in June 2017. During his venture, his design, work, and his name came to be well-known. He was a master in creating jewelry.
Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization building a better future for Syria. We do this by investing in Syrian refugee youth, students, and families, and guiding them on their individual pathways to leadership. Since 2007, we have been serving Syrian refugee communities in the United States, Turkey, and Jordan through mentorship, education initiatives, sustainable aid, and community-driven programs. We are on a mission to build 10,000 Leaders for the future of Syria by the year 2028.
Kin & Care
Out of chance came a vision: To create a company with products made by immigrant women in the Washington, DC area thereby empowering these women to build a place of their own for themselves and for their families. But what kind of products? Candles! Hand poured, small batch, wonderfully fragrant candles to be exact. Made at home to provide security and accommodate flexible schedules. And scalable so that opportunities for refugee women grow as the brand evolves.
IWDC Global Gifts
IWDC was established in 1995 to strengthen women's global leadership through training, education, networking and research with a focus on increasing the participation of women in politics, policy and decision making within their own governments. IWDC trains women worldwide how to run for elected office, how to lobby their legislatures and how to advocate for issues central to their communities. IWDC works in partnerships with established organizations to facilitate all programs, projects and activities. IWDC's Welcome Refugee Program provides arriving refugees and immigrants with all they need to settle into their new home country and their new homes including registration for ESL, furniture, registration for school, job assistance and more. In 1998, the United Nations awarded IWDC Special Consultative Status to ECOSOC and IWDC participates as an official Delegation to UN Special Sessions, Global Conferences and expert group meetings.
Global Goods Partner
Global Goods Partners (GGP) is committed to providing sustainable jobs for women—widely proven to be the key to community development and family wellbeing. In partnership with women-led, community-based organizations, GGP taps into the rich well of skill and artistry that is passed from one generation of women to the next. We invest all proceeds from product sales in developing sustainable market access as well as providing training and funding to enable our partners to prosper and thrive well into the future. See the video story: https://vimeo.com/147877366
Artisans Beyond Borders
Artisans Beyond Borders calms trauma and restores grace, agency, and income for asylum-seekers and their families who are waiting indeterminably for asylum in shelters and on the streets at the Mexico port of entry. Through their heritage handcraft - original one-of-a-kind embroideries - they offer us a piece of themselves for our homes. See the video story.
Our Handcrafted Holiday Collection is a 20-piece series of stunning ornaments, each reflecting the history, traditions and journeys of refugee artisans. Each ornament is a symbol of solidarity that is crafted by refugees and brought to you by MADE51, a new global brand from the UN Refugee Agency. See the video story: https://vimeo.com/321785323
A social enterprise that supports refugees and artisans through candle-making and beautifully crafted vessels easily refilled or repurposed for a lifetime of enjoyment. As we like to say, there's a story behind every candle we pour. Behind every candle we pour is a resilient woman and her journey toward a brighter future. Whether fleeing persecution, a war widow, or a mother escaping poverty, her strength and perseverance have led her to Prosperity Candle. She is rebuilding her life one candle at a time. See the video story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WkFdJvqcxE
Dafero believes in using food for social good, crafting delicious yet sugar-free sweets that everyone can enjoy while supporting and employing the most vulnerable women in our communities. We directly support refugee women and former trafficking victims on a path to self-reliance through life skills and workforce apprenticeships. See the video story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1-zsj_wUJw
The Cuisine of Life
The Cuisine of LIFE is a unique collection of wisdom, stories, and culinary treasures from some of the leading minds in the food industry internationally and rising stars in Turkey. This book combines short essays about the special role of food in building community with 58 recipes you can prepare at home. See the video story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91aNphMgir4
Online & retail restaurant serving authentic multicultural meals from around the globe, handcrafted by emerging immigrant & refugee chefs, served to your family through online delivery and retail locations. We use the power of food to create living wage job opportunities & economic mobility for communities of diaspora, while enriching our communities through delicious foods and cultures.
734 Coffee is about building a brighter future for the displaced mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters of Sudan. Our coffee is harvested by growers right in the Gambela region, and after it is brought to the US, proceeds go right back to scholarships and education programs for refugees of Sudan. See the video story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZULHyy6esvQ
Threads by Nomad
Threads by Nomad is a lifestyle brand that seeks to celebrate diversity through design, and to create opportunities to thrive for those who are displaced or in danger of displacement. Threads by Nomad sources fabric from across the globe, employs refugees in the United States, and provides an avenue for micro-enterprise entrepreneurs worldwide to sell their creations. See the video story: https://vimeo.com/328226506
Our company was founded by a former Somali refugee in 2018 who grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya before moving to the US. We employ refugees in almost every step of our process, and we donate a portion of profits to our nonprofit partners including UNHCR among others. Our products are made with discarded life jackets that were once worn by refugees, and they serve as a symbol of hope and strength with the goal of changing the narrative about supporting refugees.
Treetops Collective journeys with teen girls and women who have been through refugee resettlement as they pursue economic and social success in our community, seeking to thrive rather than just survive in their new home. Our Sister Circles program connects them to people and opportunities, while our Social Enterprise program connects them to the marketplace and celebrates their gifts.
Forai, Inc. (Friends of Refugees and Immigrants) is a non-profit providing dignity, empowerment and community to resettled refugee and immigrant women in St. Louis by teaching job skills and marketable handicraft skills through sewing and jewelry-making training and employment. We provide home-based income generating opportunities for approximately 12 Forai artisans who make all of Forai's beautiful jewelry and textiles. See the video story.
Loom is a group of Refugee Women Artisans who create functional art and accessories. These are women who have fled war and violence from around the globe and have resettled in Chicago. At Loom these ladies form a supportive community, learn from each other and local artists and earn an income. Women from Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Uganda, Syria and Iraq gather weekly to create projects and learn new skills.
Gifts to end war. The gifts you give can change the world. They can help a refugee’s small business flourish. They can remind a loved one that they matter. They carry a message of welcome and peace into spaces dominated by fear and mistrust. They’re a reminder of the more beautiful world that’s possible. See the video story: https://preemptivelove.org/?utm_content=preheader&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=preemptivelove.shop
Change the World
I’m LeeAnne, the founder of Change the World by How You Shop. Like most Americans, I never thought about how my buying choices were affecting others. Then one day I watched a documentary that broke my heart. I realized people were actually suffering to create the products my family bought. It caused me to stop and prayerfully examine the way I shopped. I launched this website to help give folks like you a way to Change the World by How You Shop!
Re:new Project is a faith-based nonprofit committed to serving refugee women by creating a safe place to thrive. We do this through offering free sewing and English classes to refugee artisans who have been resettled in our community and hiring students after graduation. From there, Artisans are offered flexible employment and create beautiful one-of-a-kind products from upcycled materials.